On April 5, the legal team for the Georgetown 272 (GU272)—enslaved Africans sold by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1838 to prevent the University from going into bankruptcy—issued an open letter to the Georgetown administration and Jesuits calling for a reperatory justice package, signed onto by dozens of civil rights and community organizations, legal groups, and scholars, including the NLG.
Despite expressing desires to address this injustice, the Jesuits and Georgetown administration continue to delay their meeting with the GU272 representatives. These delaying tactics infringe upon the agency of the descendants and treat them as subordinates in the process of developing a reparatory justice package and engaging in “true racial healing—a healing that takes place among equals,” as the open letter stated.
Please sign and share this petition by the Legacy of the GU272 Alliance Legal Team to demand an end to the delay and immediately develop a reparatory justice package for the GU272 descendants!
See the April 5 open letter to the Society of Jesus and Georgetown University here: